Hu Ge’s Game of Hunting begins in new trailer

Hu Ge’s new drama Game of Hunting 猎场 (previously translated as Hunting Ground) is finally going to see the light of day after a lengthy legal dispute between the production company and broadcasters Hunan TV and LeTV, and has released an official trailer ahead of its premiere in the third quarter of the year.

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28th Golden Eagle Awards

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Please excuse me as I take a trip down memory lane…

The Golden Eagle Awards is a prestigious biannual television awards ceremony, and prides itself on being “the people’s award”. Unlike the Flying Apsaras Awards (government recognition) and Magnolia Awards (industry recognition), Golden Eagle spreads the love more evenly, and usually several dramas and actors are acknowledged.

In previous years, the Best Actor and Actress of the night were decided by online voters and a panel of judges, and presented with the Audience’s Choice award (golden statue) and Best Performing Arts award (crystal statue). This year the two awards were given to different actors, with the nominee that received the most votes from the judges winning the Performing Arts award.

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Hu Ge guest stars in upcoming mystery film

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Hu Ge finally returns to the silver screen after four years (two if his brief cameo in Just Another Margin is included).

I didn’t watch Go! Goal! Fighting! 旋风十一人 when it aired in April, so it’s been over a year since I last saw Hu Ge onscreen. Thankfully the drought is about to end with his appearance in new mystery film Cherry Returns 那年夏天你去了哪里.

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22nd Magnolia Awards

Congratulations to the big winners of the night!

The Magnolia Awards is held in conjunction with the Shanghai Television Festival, home to one of East Asia’s biggest television markets. Magnolia Awards is recognised as one of the most prestigious television awards alongside the Golden Eagle and Flying Apsaras, though it cannot seem to make up its mind on the number of categories (the current format began last year).

Full list of nominees, winners and red carpet pictures are below the cut.

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The Disguiser: No Guns Unfired, aka The Importance of Home

Warning: this entire post is about a painting.

Warning: this entire post is about a painting.

This is part of a series of posts that still overly obsessed yours truly is going to write on the Disguiser, aka my favorite Chinese drama in the past five years. 

In Chinese, a common word for country is literally translated as  nation-home.  It’s only fitting then that the painting by Ming Cheng and Ming Lou is named Home, for it captures  the two major themes of The Disguiser –   family and country.  It’s one of many examples of how the series by scriptwriter Zhang Yong and director Li Xue is a rare Asian drama that actually tries to uses dramatic principles like  symbolism and foreshadowing and Chekhov’s gun.

The scene of the painting of Home seemed like just another day of Lou-Cheng cuteness at the time, but it actually set the stage for two major plot points and became a reoccurring symbol.

"If Mr. Ming knew, he would skin me." Oh, he knows.

“If Mr. Ming knew, he would skin me.” Oh, he knows.

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The Disguiser: Until We Meet Again Review

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“Dear brother, then let us enter Inferno together.”                                                                                                                                                              – Ming Lou, Paris 1939, Until We meet Again

This is a plug for one of my favorite novels I’ve read last year, Until We Meet Again/Jusqu’a ce qu’on se revoit/别日何易 by mockmockmock.  Romance, humor, history, culture, and philosophy are blended flawlessly in this travelogue across Europe and China.  The reader follows The Disguiser‘s  Ming Lou and Ming Cheng on a journey of self-discovery in mostly the lead-up to the drama.  Even if you, like me, haven’t read fanfic since 2010 , I highly recommend it.

(spoiler alert!)

The story begins in Vienna on Easter 1933. In true spy style, the Mings meet in front of a painting at a museum. Ming Lou had just finished chatting about  Keynes and ism’s. Ming Cheng had just returned from military academy in Leningrad. They eat cake, listen to opera, exchange intelligence, and brush hands.  The joys of reunion cannot hide whispers of the recent election in Germany.

They celebrate Christmas with a jovial Seville family, but do not miss the underlying tensions of the impending Spanish Civil War. They share their first kiss by the Neva river,  but the beating of their hearts cannot quieten Ming Cheng’s  questions about his friends’ mysterious disappearances.  They shower in the British rain and sing on Qinhuai River, but always in the back of their minds is the war brewing both around them and back home in China. Continue reading

What’s airing, Spring 2016

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A selected list of airing times for dramas to air this spring.  Everything is subject to change. Which ones are you looking forward to?

Stars to release include Liu Tao, Jiang Xin, Dilraba, Wang KaiHu Ge, Liu Shishi, Zhang RuoyunHuang Xuan, Zhang Meng,William Chan, Jerry YanIm Yoona, Godfrey Gao, Yan YIkuan, Yang Le, Tang Yixin, Zheng Kai, Jin Dong, Wan Qian, Zu Feng, etc.

2016 Spring Airing Times

The Love of Happiness 因为爱情有幸福 , February  24
Featuring: William Chan, Tang Yixin  (They dubbed themselves! Even William Chan with his major Cantonese accent!)

Because of Love 因为爱, February 28
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